Our final release of 2006 is the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the award-winning Canadian documentary The Corporation, produced by Canadian composer Leonard J. Paul. This is the original music soundtrack plus extra pieces, totaling 28 tracks for the release. It also comes w/ artwork and full liner notes from Leonard himself. This is a huge release for us, and we're very proud to be able to offer it at Kikapu. We'd like to thank Leonard for letting us release this amazing piece of work,... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: sountrack
Our largest and most ambitious release to date, "Wein, Weib und Gesang" is a focus on experimental and ambient-styled electronics, with tracks from a group of some of the most remarkable musicians around. Some of these faces are new to Kikapu, while some have previously released here a number of times. The title is an old German saying that is loosely translated as "wine, women and songs...all you need to be happy in life." Seeing as this release clocks in at nearly five... ( 5 reviews ) Topic: Ambient
A wonderful EP of beautiful droning ambience, Kikapu's final release of the year 2003 is proudly presented from net.label star Introspective. Starting off with a prelude of sorts, concering the current state of world affairs, the EP slowly winds its way through minimal atmospherics on a course destined for ambient brilliance. A perfect cap to a great year, everyone please enjoy these tracks from Introspective. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
file under: emotional ambience, minimal, remixes We're kicking off this exciting new year with a great new EP from previous releaser Off Land, who one-ups himself from his past works in great style with apt path. On this new collection Off Land is continuing in the same direction of minimal ambience but taking it deeper, with even more emotive qualities present therein, and also adding two wonderful remixes from Gastón Arévalo and Jon 7. Ambient fans rejoice! and experience this unique piece... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, minimal, abstract, experimental, remixes
file under: idm, breakbeats, rocking out Happy Valentine's Day from Kikapu! Since we love you so much, we have a special present for you today: a new full-length album from none other than Evan Valentine himself! It's called 'sinister device' and this album is a masterwork of tight breakbeats and IDM stylings. It's been sitting on the shelf for awhile, and it's debut is long overdue. Thanks to E. Valentine for the wonderful release and remember that we heart you. Artwork by Alex Curran Topics: IDM, Breakbeats
This compilation disc was originally released in the fall of 2003, and went out of print in early 2005. Since this release was a big giant 'thank you' to all of the wonderful artists we've met along the way of this site's inception and many variations, we thought now that the actual cd's have sold out we should make it available for free downloads. So thanks especially to all of you who bought the cd originally, and for those of you who are hearing it now for the first time, please enjoy. Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
Florida native and Nophi Recordings frontman r_garcia has so lovingly graced our presence with an album of new tunes, a full 40 minutes worth of new music exclusive to Kikapu that is. While not afraid to show his experimental side, r_garcia's music borders on a mix between melodic electronics and noise, with a surprising slice of soul and funk mixed in. One can also hear his love for indie rock shining through on these tracks, so feel free to rock out yourself to these twelve amazingly fun and... ( 3 reviews )
One of our most intricately stunning releases to date, the debut EP from Canada's adcBicycle is nothing short of astonishing; a joining of what seems like hundreds of various samples - from vocals to instruments to field recordings - and intensely complex, live instrumentation and improvisation lead to one of the most incomparable and original albums ever recorded. The pure genius and musicianship of the artist reaches out of every tune to wave a big smiling hello to every single listener. What... ( 6 reviews ) Topics: idm, electronic, post-rock
The sounds of Roto Visage seep into the celluloid and flicker with the moving images of what has been argued as being the first surrealist film, Antonin Artaud and Germaine Dulac's La coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman, 1928). Implementing a phantasmagorical approach towards construction, a boundless number of sound sources and arrangement techniques were fused together to create this soundtrack. Roto Visage and Kikapu would like to thank Transflux Films for providing the...
file under: dark ambience, elegance, density roto visage returns with another incredible full-length of dark, experimental ambience, titled la muse cachée. For this, our 99th release, roto visage takes you into the darkest recesses of your mind, and won't let go. Really fantastic stuff, frightening at times, serene at others. This is a must-listen. Topics: dark ambient, experimental
This amazing EP is from Ed Powley's new project, The Over Greenland. Ed has been releasing music under his own name, and the ever-popular Colophon moniker for years now on a great many other net.labels. His first Kikapu release is entitled The Lost Levels EP which contains five tracks of guitar-driven beauty. At times uplifting and bombastic, at others minimal and relaxing, this is one incredibly special album, and is definitely worthy of being our 100th release. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: post-rock, guitar, electronic
file under: Japanese experimentation, abstract, noise Great new release today from the Japanese duo Overdose Kunst, entitled 'Autopoiesis.' Five tracks of experimental abstractions, moments of noise and chaos interspersed with moments of pure beauty. Not to be missed. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: experimental, abstract, noise, ambient
Hippocamp alumnus MonoCulture, who goes by the name of Nick Eymann in the non-digital world, is known around the net.label scene for his amazing production values interwoven with some of the tightest rhythm work and most superb melodies ever heard in the IDM genre. MonoCulture definitely doesn't disappoint on this long-tracker EP; the remarkable use of vocal samples and granulized ambiences along with the aformentioned elements brings MonoCulture's output to a whole new level. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
The sixth official Kikapu release is from Memphis, Tennessee artist The System Boot, otherwise known as Allen Morrisson. Though he has been tinkering with electronic music for over a decade, this is only his second release under this moniker, and his first for Kikapu. This exclusive EP delves into more experimental territory than Allen's previous works, and encompasses the styles of IDM, ambient, industrial, glitch, post rock, and classic video game chip tunes. Topic: Electronic
Well-known net.label artist pino the frog, with past notable releases on both Nishi and Please Do Something, offers his first Kikapu release in the form of a remarkable EP that is one half originals, and one half remixes. The first half of the release consists of remixes of Carl Kruger originals by pino himself. These tracks are on an experimental plane with hints of ambience flirting around the percussive elements of the tracks. The second half are original tracks which consist of white noise... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
"The Pipers Of Pluto" is, in part, a collaboration. The longest tracks, the second and last, were created organically from long source sounds supplied by guitarist/musician Dan Minoza. The first track is a short acoustic piece by mystified. Other tracks are also by mystified - one uses only a kazoo as a basis, while the other use a simple nose flute as its only source. Don't let the use of kazoo and nose flute deter you! "Pipers" presents an intense, dark, shifting...
For our final release of 2012, we have what might be the single most inspiring and epic piece of music ever released on Kikapu. Wavespan and Nobuto Suda have joined forces to create a single song consisting of various instrumentations, field recordings and drones along with a long list of musical guests adding their own input to the piece, combining their particular elements into the greater whole. What emerges from a long gestation of recording and production is an incredibly original and... ( 1 reviews )
file under: analogue ambient, modular mayhem, deep space journey Our latest release comes from old-schooler Veem, aptly titled 'The Return.' Eight tracks of deep analogue pads mixed w/ modular fun, it harkens back to Veem's previous work with us; at times dark yet overall uplifting and pulling you up into the cosmos. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, electronic, analog, modular, synth, space, dark ambient
Past releaser evan valentine has returned to blow your minds yet again with an incredible new mini-EP. This time around the tracks ride along a razor-thin edge of beautifully crafted melodies combined with some very complex breaks. The overall feel is almost a dream-like state, with the solid rhythms keeping everything grounded so the listener doesn't lose focus. This is quite the ingenious work of art to wrap your head around. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
“Arriving At Night In Ithaca” chronicles an imaginary nocturnal sea journey – imagine you are the sailor Ulysses, coming home after many years of travel. Wind instruments such as the bottle and flute play predominant roles in the composition, and no synthesizers were used, to emphasize its timeless qualities. “Paiyatuma” is a wind instrument project of Thomas Park and Shane Morris. The duo incorporate a variety of wind instruments including trombone, flute, and found sounds such as... ( 2 reviews )
This highly abstract release from Kikapu newcomer, roto visage, is mostly minimal, yet in some instances dense, containing layer upon layer of bleak, disturbing and desolate soundscapes. His debut album, "der golem," can be closely aligned with dark ambient yet moves away from the genre with its organic, meditative explorations. The inherent isolation within the tracks is at times uncomfortable, a forced introspection, but quickly sinks into a dark solitude, as though anything beyond... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Ambient, Noise
Wonderful new seven-tracker EP from Aaron McCammon, who is the proprietor of the amazing new net.label One. This release is a sort of unofficial concept album, as it was completely recorded with a Casio RP-1 and CA-110. Almost everything here is played live, and there are no edits. In summation, its lo-fi to the core, baby. Styles range from the bubbly bounce of "2 dollars" to the melodic down tempo and ambience of "we keep prices low..." and "night tab" to the... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
The Kikapu-Ohio link grows even stronger with this latest release from our friend Warren Sulcs, otherwise known as Dub Jay. You might remember Warren from his remix on the algorhythm ep we released here last winter (kpu.027); consider that remix a warm-up for what you are about to hear now. The Mai EP is actually a sort of collaboration between Dub Jay and a few of his close friends. Contributors include Pat Kabat on clarinet, Geoff Kelly on didgeridoo and tapping, and Steve Neola adding some... ( 4 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Our second collaborative project in as many releases, Miopedi is more of a split release that was planned and conceived in a collaborative fashion, rather than the usual joint EP. Hence the tracks being mixed up by the two artists. You might recognize Leenak (aka Kaneel) from a previous Kikapu single and releases on a multitude of labels such as Camomille. The duo Makunouchi Bento has been seen all over the internet as of late, with a plethora of releases on various net.labels. These two...
DJ Abstract is helping us bridge the gap from the days of Kikapu past to the future. As we're re-launching the label this fall, we thought a mix of songs from past releases would let our listeners re-visit some great tracks and artists and help build excitement for the new releases we have planned. DJ Abstract picked fourteen of his favorite Kikapu tracks into this amazing mix. We hope this is the first of many Kikapu compilation mixes! Below is the tracklist: 01 Off Land - Time 02 Dub Jay -... ( 1 reviews )
The debut from Brazil's butterbox is one of the most truly enjoyable releases you'll ever have the pleasure of soaking in. During the initial listen, the acoustic guitar is what will stick out the most, looping through sections that are gently fighting the piano melodies. But on further repeats, the subtle layers of rhythm and ambiences will begin to stick out their heads, and the emotion of this singular artist will finally sink in. This short collection of tracks is what we would describe as... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ambient, acoustic
file under: guitar duos, dark ambient, abstracted electric drones We have a fantastic and much-anticipated new release available today from two of our favorite solo artists - Aidan Baker and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner - collaborating here for 'Second Week of the Second Month.' All the sounds in these four tracks are composed entirely from the electric guitar and it's amazing what these two artists can get out of a single sound source. Topics: ambient, dark ambient, abstract, drone, experimental, guitar
litmus0001 is Jonathan Ewald, a multi- instrumentalist and gifted producer from the U.S. who creates ambient soundscapes by way of live instrumentation through a series of effects and loops. While the six string bass is his focus, his use of guitar, synth, and programmed rhythms is exemplary and helps add to the depth of his improvisations. His music has been described as "downtempo neo-psychedelic organo-electronic post-/avant-/anti-rock," and this portrayal barely scratches the... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
'scenarios for the real self' was originally released on breaking tension music some time in 2003. it was the ninth release for breaking tension music, limited edition with homemade packaging, made available at one of the first 'environments' events (live ambient series, vancouver, bc). all of the material was created using an ATARI computer, AKAI S950 sampler, YAMAHA FX500 guitar effects unit and a YAMAHA MD8 multi-track recorder. 'frozen ocean' was edited slightly in ACID Pro. the concept of... Topic: Electro, IDM, Experimental
A few months ago we received a somewhat random email from Steve Chatterton, who goes by the guise of Eleventy-One, who mentioned to us that he was finishing up a new project that was of great interest to us here at Kikapu. The material presented here in this eight-track EP represents an incredibly original approach to an almost academic sound: that of sampling and mixing Bach fugues to the near point of being unrecognizable. All eight tracks are short and precise, and coalesce into one...
Vancouver seems to be turning out a great number of highly creative artists as of late, as our recent releases have shown, and Mike Verde is another example of the great new music that is coming out of British Columbia. Hypocenter is an EP that has a little bit of everything - obvious jazz influences, intricate breaks and rhythm sections, really beautiful melodies, and an emotional underlay that is evident throughout all of the songs. Mike's music is based on the IDM formula, but it refuses to... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Experimentations in sounds of shortwave. 0 dBm is a concept E.P. from Detroit producer Telegraphy (Richard Sudney). The concept being, combining in real time, audio of shortwave signals from which a vintage vacuum tube communications receiver is used as a back drop for Telegraphy's minimal dub'ed sound-scapes. This receiver, with it's etheric property's not found in today's solid state electronics, captures outer worldly tonalities and energies. Each track was recorded live directly to a audio...
Bubblegone began as an experiment in a new medium for an artist who had not yet found a voice. The medium of experimental ambient noise allowed him to create something that flowed and had the same color and texture as his thoughts and feelings. Bubblegone is one artist who performs solo and often collaborates with other musicians. Artistically, bubblegoneÃÂÃÂs main focus in audio experimentation is to put thoughts and feelings into an audio context. His performances and recorded pieces are...
The first official release on Kikapu is this long-tracker EP from resident superhero, cellular. cellular is Adrian Jonsson, 20, from ÃÂstersund, Sweden, and his sound lives somewhere within the realms of IDM, drill n' bass, ambient, and 8-bit electronica. This EP covers all intricacies of these styles, while not being overbearing and finding itself within a hole of one of these particular genres. The release kicks off with some incredible piano-driven drill n' bass, and works its way through... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
file under: dubstep techno, breakbeats, more fun than should be legally possible Today marks the return of the one and only Winnie The Shit! And he's dropping a full-length album no less! His new album is entitled 'Easy' and is a bit of a more subdued affair than his previous release with us. This new one is at times more mellow, with a heavy focus on dubstep and techno, all while keeping it's eyes squared fixedly on insanely wonderful breakbeats. This will undoubtedly rank up there with one of... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: dubstep, techno, breakbeat, drum n' bass, drill n' bass, mellow, down tempo
KOSIK is the project of Matt Borghi and Michael Kirson-Goldapper. Raised on the periphery of Detroit, the two life-long friends were exposed to all kinds of music, much of which has been rolled up into their KOSIK project. While the KOSIK project is relatively new, Michael and Matt have been working together for the better part of a decade on a variety of projects, musical and otherwise. KOSIK is the first collaborative project that Michael and Matt have allowed to see the light of day. KOSIK... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Hailing from southern Sweden, one-man project VÃ¤gskÃ¤l likes his music abstract with some aggressive basslines and faint melodies. Whether sampling old analogue drum machines or his math class, VÃ¤gskÃ¤l keeps things ever changing and morphing into new sounds. Experimental, dark ambient, abstract - any of these terms work in describing his sound; only one song on this EP constitutes having a constant breakbeat, while the others drop you head-first into waves of droning soundscapes.... ( 1 reviews )
We've reached another small milestone with our 75th release, a collection of random Pocka tracks that have been sitting on our hard drive for the better part of a year or more. These tracks were primarily produced during 2004 in the wilds of Vancouver, BC, though a few gems from 2003 sneaked their way into this release as well. How to sum up these tracks? Well, it really is quite random, everything from droning ambience to acoustic guitar pop to ragga mashups to a slew of remixes and... Topic: electronic
Self-imposed workaholic Carl Martin has been writing tracker-based music since his early teen years, and is most familiar to the world of electronic music as TBTMO stronghold Transient. He kicks it uptempo with a smile on his face on this Kikapu EP; all of these tracks are very fun atmospheric breakbeat monsters, and every now and then this release speeds up and gets crazy on you, then slows down and chills out. These five tracks really do run the gamut of electronic music. ( 1 reviews )
Take the 60's, make it in the 70's, flip out at the 80's, divide the 90's, mix it with the 21st century and you will get: *voila* electronical-tv-game-life-influenced-retro/new-pop-muziq. Video game music producer Leon Wolczynski kicks it from Sweden in pure 8-bit fashion on his first Kikapu release. He reminds you to look back on your youth, and dance...
Glomag is Chris Burke, a sound and web designer based in New York City. His first Kikapu release, "The Axis and The Alloy," is a series of fragmentations in which the original sample material is sometimes glimpsed only fleetingly, and sometimes left standing unscathed in the midst of new electronic constructions. Chris Burke's previous work with his band Glorified Magnified and his solo releases "Idioglossia" and "Oil War" were the breeding ground from which this...
Yet another free collection of tracks from Books on Tape. There can be no explanation for the sheer volume of free music this guy gives away except for SHEER INSANITY. Since last December, the world has seen from Books a full-length CD, an mp3 EP on Subverseco, a 3" EP on Piehead. Not to mention a massive West Coast tour. The boy does not stop. And to further demonstrate, here is one of two new Books on Tape mp3 EP's, yours for the taking. And don't forget, by the end of this year, the... ( 2 reviews )
Straight from the jungles of Panama comes this recent EP from Ohio native Joel MacClellan, aka algorhythm. algorhythm is part of the core Kikapu collective and has been around these parts before, in the form of his contingency ep - which was a split mp3/cd release between ourselves and No Logo Records, as well as various compilation appearances. For his latest effort, algorhythm has compiled a collection of tracks that are dark, brooding, and riding the edge between dark ambient and some sort... Topic: Electronic
Head of the music label Slide The Needle, John Kale sends bleeps, blips, and bloops, from his bedroom to your eagerly awaiting ears. Growing up through hardcore rock bands to the world of electronic compositions, the Satellite Grooves sound is an amalgam of spacious pads, chill melodies, and analog electronics. Satellite Grooves is often compared to Morr Music, E*Vax, B. Fleischmann, and possibly our good friend Phasmid. Also make sure and check out SG's debut album 'atoms, molecules, and rain'...
Russian cosmonauts Randomajestiq (Vladimir Hropov and Andrew Kolochinski) make their Kikapu debut in fine fashion with this EP. Masters of complex, multi-layered post-industrial electronics, Randomajestiq formed in 1998 with the goal of conquering the world with melodic IDM and high-quality engineering. Listening to Randomajestiq is like riding in an electro-Cadillac; you chill in the back and let the drivers do the work for you. These tracks are beautiful in their ease of use, as they are...
In the interests of time and space, we will let Val Murah describe his latest project, and the most recent Kikapu release, for us: "Strange this will be an intro for a lot of people, because it's more of a farewell to a personal era. Long story short, I put out Music 4 Lemons in the beginning of 2009 and I felt like I was completely done with electronic music at that point. I'd gone through a lot of time and scrapped albums and in the end it still felt hugely disappointing for me. My... Topics: ambient, drone, electronic, minimal
Montreal, Canada resident Charles Bisaillon has spent years moving about the globe, from all over Canada to Torino, Italy. He has taken the knowledge and experience of these travels and put all of it toward his new Oveloe music project. Charles enjoys the character and warmness of analog gear, and uses it almost exclusively in his tracks. On top of that, Charles records everything onto 1/4" analog tape to insure an even fatter sound. This release is reminiscent of glorious days past in...
raemus's music explores the relationship between composer and automated composition system. Using personal software created in Max/MSP, tendencies are determined, but musical details are decided by the system in a realtime improvisation. Sp*m Filt_er are a series of works that explore more melodic and harmonic relationships than previous works. Several automated players" explore similar material in different ways. Titles are taken from a series of spam received in winter 2003/2004.... Topic: Electronic